The Chatham Historical Society seeks to celebrate the history of our town through its stories. In preserving these stories we realize that certain "realities" might be different for everyone - we all have a different way of seeing and remembering events. The stories and memories come from the experiences of a wide range of people sharing life in a vibrant community. If you have a story that you'd like to share with the Historical Society, please contact us and let us know whether you'd prefer to remain anonymous, or would like your name posted. We may not be able to post all new stories but we will change the posts periodically. Regardless of whether a submitted story appears here on the website, we will be very grateful for a submission as it will add to our archives. Please read this if you would like to participate (click here).
This year began a new tradition at Chatham High School. Students were encouraged to submit their favorite memories to share. Do any of the following memories sound familiar? Feel free to share your memories of Chatham High or life in Chatham with us!
Thank you, Kelly!
Starting sometime around the 1930s Chatham sports teams were known as the Eskimos, or the Eskies. One story remembers a newspaper reporter referring to a Chatham team as the Friesmen, after the Chatham coach, John Fries, before the name got changed to the Eskimos and then the Eskies. The name of the sports team appears related to the name of a popular high school social event held in the late 1940s and 50s, called the Igloo. George B.
Many residents have memories of either riding the trains themselves or or waiting to pick up their father from the station:
"We'd pick up my Dad at the station at the end of his hot summer day in NYC, and head over to Memorial Park for a dip in the pool to cool off before bedtime. Ate my first mulberries from the trees on the Westbound side!"
"I always wanted to have a 'Train Dad' but my Dad worked in Livingston, so alas, he had to drive . . ."
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This illustrated lecture by Janet W. Foster will focus on domestic architecture in the era of Queen Victoria.